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How Does It Long It Takes A Train To Stop?

Staged collision shows that the train always wins!

Kiwi Rail’s Safetrack demonstration clearly shows the speed and impact forces that are brought to bear on anything that gets in the way of a train. The slow motion motion replays illustrate graphically how much time it takes for the train to come to a complete stop.

The DXB 5143 diesel locomotive and DC 4260 were used because they run the gauge rail of 3 foot 6 inches which is the standard gauge of Kiwi Rail in New Zealand.

Some quick facts about DXB & DC 4260:

  • Builder – General Electric Diesel- US and Canada
  • combined locomotive weights of 360,000 lbs
  • Top speeds of 60 -65 Mph
  • Gauge 3 feet 6 inches
  • Purpose – hauling freight
  • Combined tractive effort 81,000 pounds

Let us know if you have had the opportunity any demonstrations up close. We would love to hear about your experience!

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